Panama City Beach Police charge two kids with cyberstalking following 12 year-old's death
Panama City Beach Police have charged two children with cyber-stalking following an investigation of a 12-year-old's death.
January 10th, Panama City Beach Police responded to a call in reference to an unresponsive 12-year old, Gabriella Green.
Police say Green was taken to Bay Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
After Green's death, police began investigating the possible contributing circumstances surrounding her death. Investigators say they were later made aware of possible cyberbullying acts against Green.
Police talked to friends, associates, and family members of Green. Officers also reviewed and analyzed several cell phone and social media accounts. From that, investigators say they identified two 12-year-old children that were potentially cyberbullying Green.
Police say after getting permission from the children's parents, the two children were interviewed and confessed to engaging in conduct knowing it would cause emotional distress. Both children are being charged with Cyberstalking.
Police say the investigation did not reveal cyberbullying was the sole cause of Green's death. This investigation only revealed cyberbullying was happening at the time of Green's death.
The Medical Examiner's Office has not released a cause of death.
Panama City Beach Police would like to remind parents that unrestricted and unmonitored internet activity is extremely discouraged. During this investigation, police say they found several middle school aged children with unrestricted and unmonitored access to several social media platforms. Police say these apps have been found to be the root of several dangerous and negative situations, such as cyberbullying and sexting.
The Panama City Beach Police Department encourages parents to talk to their children about the impact of cyberbullying. If you think your child has been a victim of cyberbullying, contact your local law enforcement.